By: Josh Bryant
I believe everyone that has achieved great success in one area of their life can very easily achieve success in another area of their life.
Success breed success—success is no longer an option, it’s a foregone conclusion!
Art Briles’ Success
In 1988, Art Briles took over as the head football coach at Stephenville High School in Stephenville, Texas. Stephenville had not made the playoffs since 1952; their football was about as exciting as happy hour at the Betty Ford Clinic. By 1998, Briles had built Stephenville into a perennial powerhouse, making the playoffs every year since 1990 and winning four State Championships along the way and setting multiple records in team offense.
What made Briles’ reign all the more impressive was his shift in the early 1990s from a ground and pound offense to a pass-happy powerhouse by the late 1990s—the Xs and Os might have changed—but Briles’ commitment to excellence and expectations of winning did not.
By this point in time, colleges had taken notice of Briles’ success. Being in the right place at the right time (something that always happens to those that expect success), Briles took the job as running back coach at Texas Tech under the legendary Mike Leech; Briles helped revolutionize Tech’s running game.
By the early 2000s, the University of Houston had developed a habit of losing including a 0-11 season in 2001. Art Briles was offered the head coaching job and embraced the opportunity along with expecting success, his first year at the helm, U of H had a winning season going 7-5.
By 2007, U of H had gone to three Bowls in a row! Briles had taken arguably the worst Division 1 program in America to a level of expecting to play in bowl games in less than five years!
Briles, again, was in the right place at the right time. As we are starting to see a pattern here of success breeding success, Baylor offered Art Briles the job of taking over their failing football program in 2007.
Baylor, this past year, was in contention for a national championship. Dollars to donuts says if Briles ever decides to move to the NFL his team will win a super bowl.
Art Briles is a winner; he expects success and makes a point to surround himself with championship people. I have heard great things about his football staff and I personally know members of his strength staff, including former assistant now head Coach at Indiana Univeristy, Keith Canton whom I would put up against anyone when it comes to knowledge of strength training and a passion to learn.
The success Briles has had at every level all started with an expectation of success. Having the right staff and the right recruits help over the long term, but NONE of this could have taken effect his first year as a head coach. Briles worked on himself first and knew success was inevitable.
From Briles we can learn to expect success and a dogged commitment to excellence seems to put people in the right place at the right time.
Another football legend in the Lone Star State is former UT football Coach Darryl Royal. Under the tutelage of Royal, UT won three national football championships.
A couple years ago I had lunch with legendary strength & conditioning coach, Al Vermeil. Coach Vermeil kept saying things like “winning is a culture”, “winning breeds winning” and then emphasized so does losing.
I learned from Coach Vermeil that Darryl Royal would not recruit football players from losing programs. Regardless of talent level, if a culture of losing had become the player’s norm, Royal avoided that player like the plague. On the surface it may be extreme! However, this strategy is a hell of a lot more logical than modern day recruiters going solely off body size, while ignoring brain and proverbial testicle size.
The take-home lesson here is how success breeds success, failure can breed failure. Every wonder why some people think accidents happen in three? Expectancy! They wait, look and expect three tragedies to happen.
Another example would be after a vacation to the Caribbean some witch doctor throws a “whammy” on someone, all of a sudden a streak of bad luck hits. Seek and you will find!
The town derelict does have perpetual bad luck! I am not advocating not helping people; certainly if someone is down, lift them up.
I do say guard your heart, dereliction is contagious and you are a product of the five people you spend the most time with.
In the words of the great Rocky Balboa,
“You hang out with coconuts, you get nowhere. They’re eleven, eleven. You hang out with nice people, you get nice friends, y’understand? You hang out with smart people, you get smart friends. You hang out with yo-yo people, you get yo-yo friends! Y’see, it’s simple mathematics.”
A study published in 1972 compared the effects of taking anabolic steroids to taking a placebo subjects believed were steroids.
The results were astounding!
Below is a summary of the study.
Fifteen male varsity athletes were informed that some of them would be selected to receive an anabolic steroid (Dianabol). Instead, six selected subjects were given placebo pills. Taking the placebo apparently supplied the psychological inducement to increase strength gains above and beyond reasonable progression. Greater training gains were made during the placebo period in three out of four weight lifting exercises. The gains were statistically significant when comparing the two regression lines for the pre-placebo and placebo periods.
Basically, when people thought they were taking steroids but were really given a sugar pill, they made steroid-like gains.
Obviously, steroids work beyond a placebo but in small amounts over the short term, belief was literally as powerful as drugs. People expected to get stronger and they did!
Expect success and you will literally receive a pharmacological boost!
Believing and expecting success before you have achieved it is not make-believe. It is catalyzing a real physiological response.
Expectations and beliefs augment the placebo effect; expecting success makes you a success-finding machine.
A belief and expectation of success literally causes your brain to release chemicals that will act like drugs but without receiving negative side effects, just the side effect of success.
What if you took an attitude of success and expectancy to achieving your goals? I promise you will be more successful; your mind and body are an interrelated link, science proves this.
Even if you think this is unrealistic, do you think a pessimistic world view that attracts failure is more realistic? I would rather error to the side of expecting success.
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